GEORGIA - Children and families of Atlanta’s Westside community have been acutely impacted by COVID-19 with some opportunities for youth on hold or disappearing. With many parents out of work, or working less, children faced not having a safe space for physical activity. A joint donation from Good Sports and Laureus helped Sport for Good Atlanta put together 300 Play Packs for kids throughout the Greater Atlanta area helping kids stay active and safe through the summer months.
MINNESOTA - A 100% free program to kids, the organization had to cancel three fundraising events as the pandemic hit. Efforts were shifted to food delivery and virtual practices as most athletes lived in areas heavily impacted by systematic racism where many grocery stores and schools were closed. A Good Sports donation of apparel gave the kids of Fred Wells Tennis more independence to play individually or with their families.
PENNSYLVANIA - A Good Sports donation is helping Dieruff High School create long term plans to keep their kids active. New equipment is helping them to provide opportunities of play for more students while also keeping them safe. And the new sports gear frees up finances within the school so they can update their facilities over time.
MASSACHUSETTS - With new equipment, Suenos' budget caught a major break. This means more children can participate without having to share gear. And since more finances were saved via the donation, Suenos has been able to advocate for their kids more directly. One athlete, coming from a single-parent home, was at risk of not being able to afford both participant and tournament fees. With now more available finances, Suenos was able to pay for the child's tournament participation.
NEW YORK - In upstate New York, Cheektowaga Youth Baseball has had to spend over $2,500 on hand sanitizer, equipment disinfectant, and additional seating for families to incorporate physical distancing. New gear has helped a shrinking budget, meaning there are now more resources for kids and families economically shaken from the COVId-19 fallout.
CALIFORNIA - After being shut down due to the pandemic for almost three months, this Boys & Girls Club opened back up with strict restrictions on play. For many sports, it meant only drills were allowed - but that required more gear than normal to limit the need to share. An equipment donation of balls and shin guards has helped more kids get onto the field safely!
CHICAGO - Having a new girls softball team seemed out of the question for BASE in 2020. However, with new gear the program was able to take financial pressure off participants and suit up an upcoming team of girls for softball. Even though some parents of team members had lost their jobs due to the pandemic and their financial outlook was less stable, these girls had new found confidence through matching uniforms and proper training gear.
MONTANA - With new soccer equipment, Wildhorse Youth Soccer was able to expand its outreach to the Flathead Indian Reservation, where there had been no such programming in ten years. The donation also helped the organization allocate more finances for COVID-19 items, like hand sanitizer, as well as keep programming costs low for participants.
NEW YORK - When the COVID-19 crisis heightened in upstate New York, Lockport Ice joined forces with Youth Mentoring of Niagara County to provide child care for working families. The Good Sports donation has allowed for variety in ice skate training - such as balancing hula hoops on the ice. Additionally, saved finances have allowed Lockport to plan confidently through March 2021.
MICHIGAN - A grandmother raising ten children on her own now can see every single grandchild participate in sports partly in thanks to a recent equipment donation to this Detroit-based program. With more gear, the program leaders have been able to engage more young people, specifically with items they can take home and use in virtual sessions.
TEXAS - Determined and hopeful, many young people in this program are working on bettering themselves prior to release. Leaders in this organization have cited basketball as a bridge between their kids who already have overcome so much. Their commitment to the sport is longstanding with many hopeful to join local teams later on, making a donation of practice gear, game wear and shoes all the more valuable.
ALABAMA - New cleaning equipment to help keep their athletes safe has been costly for this school. A Good Sports donation gave them the ability to still give new equipment to their players. Both the boys and girls basketball, baseball and softball teams received new items, brining a heightened level of skill to the playing field. The school sees this donation as a significant help in reducing overall expenses.